Mexican Eatery Baja Norté to Replace Brentwood Restaurant Under Same Ownership

Chef Bruce Marder plans to keep it simple and stay away from 'being too kooky,' is planning a July 29 debut.
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Brentwood is bound for a brand new Mexican restaurant, headed by longtime restaurateur Bruce Marder. Baja Norté will fill the space at 148 S. Barrington, formerly the home of Marder’s 1999-established Brentwood Restaurant & Lounge. Marder has re-branded and redesigned the inside, especially with interest for social distancing. He told What Now Los Angeles (WNLA) that he hopes to officially open the patio space on July 29.

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The website for the up-and-coming restaurant describes the menu as having “elevated Mexican food.” Since the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a quarantine shut down, Marder has been “re-experimenting with his Mexican food roots.” The new Brentwood restaurant is expected to mix vibrant colors with sultry lighting and intimate booths alongside a menu of tamales, fresh ceviche, and Oaxaca fried chicken.

“There aren’t really any good Mexican restaurants that aren’t cheesy, gooey stuff,” said Marder. “[Baja Norté will offer] fine-dining Mexican food, more product-based, and more prepared … I’m kind of trying to keep it simple and keep it away from being too kooky.”

Since 1972, Marder has opened and consulted on 13 restaurants. He is currently operating Capo, Cora’s Coffee Shoppe, Red Rooster Bakery, Café Brentwood, and Marvin.

WNLA first learned of the news by Toddrickallen.

Michelle Goldchain

Michelle Goldchain is a D.C.-born content creator who previously worked as the Editor of Curbed DC at Vox Media for three and a half years. She has contributed to several local publications, including Vox, Education Week, Washington Business Journal, Eater DC, Washington City Paper, DCist, Washingtonian, and Greater Greater Washington. She also has a background in photography, social media management, and the visual arts. Her main side hustle is a surreal comedy show on YouTube, called Artsplained, that focuses on increasing interest and knowledge in the arts through quirky sketches and long-form essays.
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